Canada’s antitrust regulators poised to escalate investigation into Google’s search dominance

SAN FRANCISCO – Government regulators in Canada are poised to open a formal investigation into whether Google is abusing its dominance of the Internet search market to stifle competition and drive up digital advertising prices.

Canada’s Competition Bureau indicated in a filing made in an Ottawa federal court earlier this week that it suspects that Google Inc. has been breaking the country’s antitrust laws. Regulators are seeking a court order that would require Google’s Canadian subsidiary to furnish antitrust investigators with internal company records.

Among other things, Canada regulators believe Google has been giving preferential treatment to its own services in its influential search rankings to thwart rivals.

Canada’s concerns mirror those in an ongoing antitrust investigation into Google’s business practices in Europe.

Google didn’t immediately respond do a request for comment Friday.




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Canada’s antitrust regulators poised to escalate investigation into Google’s search dominance

  1. I don’t pay any heed to most attacks on Google. But this one might have something to it. Whenever one player becomes this dominant, monopolistic pricing practices are all but certain.

  2. It’s about time the Canadian government went after google. Those google earth vans were doing a lot more than street view. They were capturing your passwords and other nefarious things…and is the reason why google is currently involved in a lawsuit.

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